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Give schools more flexibility

April 10, 2016 Students in West Virginia public schools should receive the equivalent of 180 days of instruction each year. But that may not require 180 separate days. State law requires 180 instructional days. more »»

Mines must be managed safely

April 9, 2016 What ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship said Wednesday, after being sentenced to a year in prison for his part in an explosion that killed 29 coal miners was a disturbing wake-up call concerning... more »»

Much uncertainty ahead in election

April 8, 2016 The victory by Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin’s Republican primary election Tuesday proved a couple of thing. more »»

Honor the brave of Bataan

April 7, 2016 Seventy-four years ago, following the months-long Battle of Bataan during World War II, tens of thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war were forced to march approximately 65 miles from... more »»

Municipal clean up a valuable service

April 6, 2016 There have been more concerted efforts in the Ohio Valley in recent years to cut back on the amount of garbage and other debris littering our communitie. more »»

Don’t cut drug abuse programs

April 5, 2016 As West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin work to balance the state budget, the list of line items open to spending cuts needs to be nearly unlimited. Nearly, but not quite entirely. more »»

Mother Angelica inspired many

April 4, 2016 A familiar voice and face to the hearts and souls of Catholics and those with questions about the Catholic faith worldwide passed from this world, perhaps fittingly, on Easter Sunday. more »»

Take me out to the ballgame

April 3, 2016 Today is one of those rare times when all things seem to be possible. It’s opening day for Major League Baseball. more »»

Obama, not media, to blame

April 2, 2016 President Obama took a few shots across the bow of the media this week, accusing the nebulous body of being soft on presidential campaigners, thus contributing to the nasty, policy-less tone of... more »»

Growth is happening

April 1, 2016 There was a message of hope delivered during the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce's annual membership dinner Tuesday. more »»

Privacy discussion still needed

March 31, 2016 A few weeks ago, after Apple CEO Tim Cook thumbed his nose at the FBI’s request for help in recovering evidence from the government-issued iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook, we said... more »»

Be realistic about troops in Iraq

March 30, 2016 Pentagon officials said Friday they plan to meet soon with President Barack Obama to discuss sending more U.S. troops to Iraq to fight Islamic terrorists. more »»

New bus law needs strict enforcement

March 29, 2016 It is too bad a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin does not go into effect until mid-June. more »»

Hold the line on state spending

March 28, 2016 Nearly the entire “budget gap” with which West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are struggling could be eliminated for next year simply by holding the line on spending. more »»

There is still hope in this world

March 27, 2016 Some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was crucified for, as his executioners put it, claiming to be a king. There was no immediate worldwide news coverage of the even. more »»

Help area kids find their smiles

March 26, 2016 Everyone will be smiling next week, as the annual Eastern Gateway Community College’s Give Kids A Smile event gets under way at the college. more »»

Budget carefully

March 25, 2016 Our local governments have been in the process of establishing their budgets for the 2016-2017 fiscal year in recent weeks, with county commissions and municipal councils looking over their revenue... more »»

Cleanup effort needed

March 24, 2016 Over the weekend, a group of Weirton residents gathered on Marland Heights to spend part of their Saturday picking up garbage and other debris from along Marland Heights Roa. more »»

Time to make a stand for unity

March 23, 2016 The attacks in Belgium bring home the concept that the world has not come very far since Sept. 11, 2001. Attacks by extremists, foreign and domestic, can occur anywhere at anytime. more »»

Worldwide diligence must continue

March 23, 2016 The attacks in Belgium bring home the concept that the world has not come very far since Sept. 11, 2001. Attacks by extremists, foreign and domestic, can occur anywhere at anytime. more »»

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